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Commentary: Mingus agenda policy fails transparency test

A challenge last month to the Mingus Union School District’s compliance with the Arizona Open Meeting Law resulted in a comedy of errors by the MUHS administration and legal counsel.

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Commentary: Passage of SB1254 brings consolidation question one step closer to local voters

Credit Andy Groseta with one of the biggest political coups in Verde Valley history. Wednesday, Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1254 into law.

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Commentary: Good Things happening in Beaver Creek School District

The May 4-5 performances of the play Fractured Fairy Tales were a success. Our kids did a great job, the audience wowed. Thank you to Pam Zahnzinger, the actors, and the parents who assisted.

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My Turn: What does it take to run Yavapai College?

I am disappointed with the outcomes from the May 8 Yavapai Community College District Governing Board meeting.  

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Commentary: To the only other person at the meeting

At municipal level, micro actions do lead to macro change

Complaining about our elected representatives may be a great American past time, but showing up takes work.

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Commentary: Vote ‘Yes’ to extend existing Yavapai County jail district sales tax

Ballots will be counted at the end of the day on May 15, 2018. This is a very important election that will affect the well-being of Yavapai County for years to come. I urge you to vote yes.

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Chain Reaction a smooth ride to a more healthy future for Verde Valley

I love riding my bike. I learned to ride as a child as most of us do and then didn’t ride for many years as I grew into a young adult, married, had children and just got too busy.

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Commentary: State’s dark cloud keeps local lighthouses from shining

I am cursed that I have a formal post-secondary degree in Economics, which makes the blessing of working in government, at times, a difficult paradox.

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Commentary: Good things happening in Beaver Creek School District

Beaver Creek School students have begun the state testing process.

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My Turn: No alternative but to keep on fighting

After spending a few days at the State Capitol and a few days here in town marching for the future of Arizona education, I feel like I should weigh in.

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My Turn: Dismal state of education funding has left teachers with no other options

We have a teacher shortage in Arizona, too. We are more than 8,000 teachers short, statewide, to start the school year next year.

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My turn: Arizona teachers, students need you as an ally this week

This is a huge week for supporters of public education. As many of you know, our school districts are underfunded from the state level. Our community has taken on the slack passing override and bonds, but it’s time we demand the state fund public education and rural public education.

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Commentary: Settling water rights key to Verde Valley’s future

When people and companies that drive economic development are considering investing in Arizona, they want “water certainty” – that is, proof of long-term water supplies that are both physically and legally available.

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Commentary: FOSTA a victory for victims, survivors of sex crimes

As a former law enforcement officer, I locked up sexual predators and sex traffickers who preyed on children and young men and women.

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Commentary: For Arizona’s teachers, it might be time to take a walk

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey stepped up this week, or at least he likes to think he did. His proposal calls for 20 percent pay raises for teachers across the state, with the increases to be spread out over the next two years.

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Commentary: Mingus not trying to hold secret meeting, but district’s understanding of Open Meeting Law sadly lacking

“The sequence of events that followed the revelation about the website noticing oversight played like something straight out of the playbook of “the dog ate my homework’”

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Commentary: OK, we’ve heard all your comments; what we need is your commitment

Knowing about some of the work that is involved with successfully managing and facilitating the events for the Town of Camp Verde, I’m surprised that some events have not been cancelled sooner by the dedicated and over-worked volunteers that are responsible for Camp Verde Promotions.

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Commentary: Suspension of Cornfest a reality check for Camp Verde

The current formula is not working. The same volunteers are stepping up and carrying a disproportionate load at every community event. It’s become abusive. They’re long past the point of burnout.

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Commentary: Facebook didn’t trick you into voting for Trump

So here’s my question: If you’re all about personal privacy, why are you on Facebook to begin with? Neither Cambridge Analytica nor any other internet marketing firm has any information about you that you didn’t give away.

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Commentary: New roads a double-edged sword of solving problems, and creating them

If all goes as planned, there will be a new option in getting from Point A to Point B in the Verde Valley about 10 years from now.

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Commentary: Fruits of progress on the Seder plate

Friday night, Jews will begin with the same question they ask every year: “When do we eat?”  

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Commentary: Date for Easter a moving target, but message stands test of time

Easter is the most revered day in Christianity. It is the observance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Yet it is unique among holidays in that it has no set date on the calendar, other than a guarantee it will fall on a Sunday.

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Commentary: Override funds put to good use for Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District

A sincere thank you to the communities of McGuireville, Rimrock, Lake Montezuma and Camp Verde.

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Commentary: The blissful surrender to March’s madness

It would be an exaggeration to say I’ve been an NCAA basketball junkie all my life. My addiction got serious in junior high when my friends and I played pickup games every afternoon and followed the West Virginia Mountaineers on the radio from WWVA in Wheeling at night.

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Commentary: Disruption new norm for White House

The conventional wisdom is that last week -- with a much-watched congressional special election, a shakeup in the diplomatic profile of the country, and internal White House debates about how and against whom to impose steel and aluminum tariffs -- answered several vital questions. In truth, the opposite may be the case.

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